The Piña Colada is the national drink of Puerto Rico since 1978. A sweet cocktail made with rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice served either blended or shaken with ice. It may be garnished with either a pineapple wedge, maraschino cherry or both.
The name piña colada literally means “strained pineapple”, a reference to the freshly pressed and strained pineapple juice used in the drink’s preparation.
Two bartenders won a contest for the ownership of their national drink. Ramón “Monchito” Pérez claims to have first made it at the Caribe Hilton Hotel’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan in 1954, using Don Q Gold rum and the newly-available coco lópez cream of coconut. Coco lópez was developed in Puerto Rico in 1948 by Don Ramón López-Irizarry, hence the Puerto Rican connection and the 1952 account of the drink’s creation. National Piña Colada Day is celebrated on the islands on 10 July.
In the 19th century, Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresi to boost his crew’s morale, gave them a beverage that contained coconut, pineapple and white rum. This was what would be later known as the famous piña colada. With his death in 1825, the recipe for the piña colada was lost until 1952 when it was recreated.
Our exquisite recipe is made from Golden rum , pineapple juice, fresh lime and fresh pineapple topped with Maraschino cherry.